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The Purist's Porsche, the 911 R

500 hp and a manual gearbox. What more could you ever need?
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Porsche is targeting enthusiasts in a big way this year with the introduction of its limited edition 911 R. The car was designed from the ground up for purists who want a high performance and lightweight 911 equipped with manual gearbox. The car will be the lightest version of the 911 in production and will be the third model to use their next-gen, naturally aspirated flat-six engine. 

The 500-hp 4.0L engine can get from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 200 mph. More importantly, that engine is matched with a six-speed manual with shorter, performance-specific gear ratios. They've also tweaked the rear-axle steering for improved performance and stability in the corners, while a mechanical rear differential lock maximizes the car's traction. 

Porsche Ceramic Composite brakes are also equipped for massive stopping power and those sit inside a forged, 20-inch wheel. Aesthetically, the car exercises a bit of restraint in comparison to the GT3 and GTS RS models swapping out the fixed rear wing with an automatically deployed rear spoiler that is joined by a rear underbody diffuser and a titanium sports exhaust. The front also gets a new spoiler lip. 

The 911 R will be limited to 991 examples worldwide and orders are available today with delivery set for this summer. 


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